Under the rule of the king Rana Kumbha, the kingdom of Mewar stretched right from Ranthambore to Gwalior. The kingdom also included vast tracts of Madhya Pradesh as well as Rajasthan. About 84 fortresses have been defending Mewar from its enemies. Out of the 84, Rana Kumbha, himself, has designed about 32 of them. Of all the fortresses, which have been designed by Rana Kumbha, Kumbhalgarh has been the most impressive, famous and the massive one with a wall of the length 36 Km. The fort lies at about 90 Kms away from Udaipur towards its Northwest. It is situated at about 1914m above the sea level and is the most important fort after Chittorgarh.
The site where Kumbhalgarh stands once was a bastion, which belonged to the Jain descendant of Mauryan emperors of India during the second century AD. It also separated Mewar and Marwar from each other and was also use as a place of refuge for the rulers of Mewar at times of danger, especially Prince Udai, the baby king of Mewar. It was only once in the entire history that Kumbhalgarh was taken or it could not defend or breach its defense when the combined armies of Emperor Akbar, Raja Udai Singh of Amber along with the armies of Raja Man Singh of Amber and Raja Udai Singh of Marwar attacked the fort of Kumbhalgarh. That too happened because of the scarcity of drinking water.
Kumbhalgarh is the same place where prince Udai was smuggled to in 1535. This happened when Chittor was under siege. Prince Udai who later became the successor to the throne also became Continue reading “History of Kumbhalgarh”
Ghanerao, which is a small town near Kumbhalgarh is the place where Thakur Sajjan Singhji along with his wife and son Kumar Himmat Singh recreated the ambiance of the charming old world by converting this magnificent Ghanerao royal castle into a heritage hotel for several paying guests. Gopal Das Rathore originally constructed this castle in the year 1603.
Ghanerao Royal Castle Near Kumbhalgarh :
In the areas surrounding the castle are situated the royal and the splendid cenotaphs of the former warriors and the rulers. There is also a beautiful and artistic Jain temple specially dedicated to the Lord Mahavira near the Ghanerao castle.
The Ghanerao castle, which is the royal castle of Rajasthan, is to be found in the region very close to Kumbhalgarh, the Ghanerao region. This castle comprises of a large number of havelis made up of graceful sandstone and marble bastions. The castle has been built up in a typical Rajput architectural style with numerous Rajput miniature paintings put up on all the walls of the magnificent castle. Yet another impressive feature of this castle are the chandeliered rooms and the beautifully carved lattice friezes.
Every room of this castle is distinct and differs from every other room in terms of the balcony, verandahs and terraces. The restaurants available in this hotel serve multiple cuisines along with the traditional Rajasthani dishes. The hotel also provides additional facilities and privileges such as the Jeep safaris and sightseeing tours to all the places situated nearby such as the Kumbhalgarh fort, Wildlife sanctuary, the historic Jain temples and many such places.